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The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA - The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here.  This week a defending state champion drops out of the poll, but the name at the top is still the same.

Despite a loss to region rival Norcross, the North Gwinnett girls cling to the top spot this week with unbeaten Parkview next. Norcross,Wesleyan and Buford make up the top 5.

Tucker, Stephenson, Columbia, Miller Grove and Alpharetta complete the top 10.

Greater Atlanta Christian slides from 11th to 17th, while Osborne tumbles from 20th to 25th.

Defending state champion McEachern and Mill Creek drop out of the Super 25 poll this week.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.

Clayton unemployment rises to 10.6 percent

Clayton unemployment rises to 10.6 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8.0 percent in November.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate rose to 10.6 percent. It was 10.2 percent in November.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rise was due to a number of factors, including an increase in first-time claims for unemployment insurance and an increase in the labor force as more people search for jobs.

Metro Athens had the area's lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region was highest at 11.4 percent.

Cab driver killed in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A taxi driver was found shot to death in his cab early Friday morning in Riverdale.

Clayton County Police Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser said a call came in at about 1:30 a.m., about a person down on Brookview Drive.

The responding officer found the driver side window shattered and discovered the driver's body.

The driver, described only as a Hispanic male, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officer car hit while responding to burglary

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A Clayton County police officer was hit by another car while on duty Thursday evening.

According to the CCPD, an officer was on his way to a burglary call around 7:00 p.m. When he was at the intersection of Garden Walk Boulevard and US Highway 85, a Mercedes t-boned his police car.

Police said there were no injuries, but have no further information on the incident.

 

Metro Atlanta neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosure

Metro Atlanta neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosure

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia is among the top three states for zip codes with the highest foreclosure rates, according to a new article published by CNNMoney.

The Peach State joins Florida and Illinois at the top of the list, displacing Arizona, California and Nevada.

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And a Gwinnett County suburb has the zip code with the highest foreclosure rate in the U.S.

According to the CNNMoney article:

Court upholds sentence in 'honor killing'

Court upholds sentence in 'honor killing'

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the malice murder conviction and life prison sentence of a man accused of killing his daughter in a so-called "honor killing."

Prosecutors say Pakistan native Chaudhry Rashid said he killed his daughter after she disgraced the family.

Rashid was accused of strangling 25-year-old Sandeela Kanwal during the summer of 2008 in Clayton County because she planned to divorce her husband from an arranged marriage.

A jury convicted Rashid in May 2011 on murder and assault charges.

Rashid appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, saying jurors shouldn't have been allowed to see a video of him describing the killing to relatives. The justices disagreed in a unanimous decision, ruling that he had no expectation of privacy during the conversation at a police station.

1 killed in Clayton County rollover crash

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County police say a passenger in an SUV was killed late Monday night.

The crash happened on Interstate 75 near Old Dixie Highway just after 11 p.m.

Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser said the driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries when the SUV went out of control and rolled over.

Police have not said if either person was ejected from the vehicle. An investigation will determine if speed or alcohol was involved.